Jean-Paul Sartre once famously said that “Hell is other people.” At this time of year, when we find ourselves in the close company of extended family who may cause that quote to flicker unbidden into our minds, we celebrate the birth of the One who came to save man from himself.
For man is adept at creating hell on Earth. The pattern is inescapable, and no sooner does one man build something up than another man is arrayed against him to tear it down. And it is ironic, too, for the very force that builds is denounced by that which destroys as being the evil that must be eliminated. The darkness looks upon the light and, as always, fails to comprehend it.
Just as the anticlerical French intellectuals failed to recognize that their intellectual tradition depended on the church scholars who kept it alive during the Middle Ages, and so branched off into the destructive orgy of Jacobinism, the nihilist despair of existentialism and the anti-intellectual foolishness of post-modernism, secular America fails to see that even its shabby pretense at a moral tradition depends wholly on Christians past.
The irony is profound. Consider the secular Jewish fascists at the American Civil Liberties Union and the Anti-Defamation League. Even as they attempt to eradicate Jesus Christ from “the holidays” in this nation of Christians, Jews in America remain unbeaten and unharassed, while predictions of Passion-inspired anti-Semitic violence were proven to be nothing but Goebbels-style propaganda. Meanwhile, in gloriously secular Europe, Jews walk the streets in visible fear and are physically attacked on a regular basis in France, Germany and Belgium.
One wonders why so many Jews in the media elite wish to see America move toward a more perfectly secular society, considering that they will doubtless be the first to be victimized should they ever get their wish.
Or consider the abortionettes, who hold sacred a woman’s right to murder. (That this goes well beyond a woman’s right to her own body can be seen in the feminist support for women who kill sleeping men “in self-defense,” murderous mothers and young women committing Singerian infanticide.) Now that sex-selection technology is on the verge of widespread availability, abortionettes are appalled at the notion that a disproportionate number of unborn baby girls will be slaughtered. There is a silver lining in this, though, as we’ll likely be inflicted with far fewer abortionettes in the future.
The moral vision of America has always been Christian. It was Christians in the British Navy and the American abolition movement who ended 19th-century slavery, while even a left-liberal New York Times columnist admits that today it is the Christian Right that is fighting the battle against genocide in Africa, human-rights violations in Asia and sex slavery around the world. Meanwhile, the European Union and United Nations – those twin temples of secular moral supremacists – are too busy committing atrocities of their own in Bosnia, the Congo and other places to concern themselves with the similar evils of others.
The secular vision is ultimately a collective death cult, lethal on both a personal and a societal level that makes Kali look like a fecund fertility goddess by comparison. One need not look to the most notorious examples of the 20th century to demonstrate this, for it can be seen equally well in examples ranging from the statistically anomalous homosexual predilection for cannibalism to the sub-replacement birth rates of post-Christian Europe.
Against the death cult stands nothing but the tradition of the fairytale, the hope that is brought by a baby lying in a manger. Persecuted by the authorities, hated by kings, the Child nevertheless rose to conquer Death itself. In Him, there is the promise of life, both in this world and in the world to come.
But one need not invoke the afterlife or the immortal soul to see that without Jesus Christ, one is destined for Hell. Jean-Paul had it half-right. History clearly shows that Hell is a place of people who reject the Way, the Truth and the Life.